May 6, 2023

King Charles III and Queen Camilla formally crowned at Westminster Abbey Transcript

King Charles III and Queen Camilla formally crowned at Westminster Abbey Transcript
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The coronation of Britain’s King Charles III marks the country’s first coronation in 70 years. More than 2,000 guests from around the world are attending the ceremony at London’s iconic Westminster Abbey. Read the transcript here. 

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Speaker 2 (42:07):

(singing) Your Majesty, as children of the Kingdom of God, we welcome you in the name of the King of Kings.

King Charles III (42:14):

In his name and after his example, I come not to be served, but to serve.

Speaker 3 (42:19):

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.

Congregation (42:44):

[inaudible 00:42:48].

Speaker 3 (42:48):

Hallelujah. Christ is risen.

Congregation (42:50):

He is risen in me. Hallelujah.

Speaker 3 (43:17):

Dearly beloved, we are gathered to offer worship and praise to Almighty God, to celebrate the life of our nations, to pray for Charles, our king, to recognize and to give thanks for his life of service to this nation, the realms and the commonwealth, and to witness with joy, his anointing and crowning. He’s being set apart and consecrated for the service of his people.

Let us dedicate ourselves alike, embody mind and spirit to a renewed faith, a joyful hope and a commitment to serve one another in love.


I here present unto you King Charles, your undoubted king. Wherefore, all you who are come this day to do your homage and service, are you willing to do the same? God save King Charles.

Congregation (44:03):

God save King Charles.

Speaker 4 (44:03):

I here present unto you, King Charles, your undoubted king. Wherefore, for all you who are come this day to do your homage and service. Are you willing to do the same?

Congregation (44:03):

God save King Charles.

Speaker 5 (44:03):

I hear presents unto you, King Charles, your undoubted king. Wherefore, all you who have come this day to do your homage and service, are you willing to do the same?

Congregation (44:03):

God save King Charles.

Speaker 1 (46:42):

I hear present unto you, King Charles, your undoubted king. Wherefore, all you who are come this day to do your homage and service, are you willing to do the same?

Congregation (46:58):

God save King Charles.

Speaker 6 (49:49):

[inaudible 00:49:45] Sir, to keep you ever mindful of the law and the gospel of God as the rule for the whole life and government of Christian princes, receive this book, the most valuable thing that this world has to offer. Here is Wisdom. This is the royal law. These are the lively oracles of God.

Speaker 3 (50:44):

Your Majesty, the church established by law whose settlement you will swear to maintain is committed to the true profession of the gospel, and in so doing, will seek to foster an environment in which peoples of all faiths and beliefs may live freely. The Coronation Oath has stood for centuries and is enshrined in law. Are you willing to take the oath?

King Charles III (51:15):

I am willing.

Speaker 3 (51:16):

[inaudible 00:51:16] Will you solemnly promise and swear to govern the peoples of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, your other realms and the territories to any of them belonging or pertaining according to their respective laws and customs?

King Charles III (51:46):

I solemnly promise so to do.

Speaker 3 (51:49):

Will you to your power cause law and justice in mercy to be executed in all your judgements?

King Charles III (51:56):

I will.

Speaker 3 (52:09):

[inaudible 00:52:10] Will you to the utmost of your power, maintain the laws of God and the true profession of the gospel? Will you to the utmost of your power maintain in the United Kingdom, the Protestant Reformed religion established by law? Will you maintain and preserve inviolably, the settlement of the Church of England and the doctrine, worship, discipline, and government thereof as by law established in England? And will you preserve unto the bishops and clergy of England and to the churches they’ve committed to their charge, all such rights and privileges as by law do, or shall and pertain to them or any of them?

King Charles III (52:55):

All this I promise to do. The things which I have here before promised, I will perform and keep so help me God.

Speaker 3 (53:13):

Your Majesty, are you willing to make, subscribe and declare to the statutory accession declaration oath?

King Charles III (53:24):

I’m willing. I, Charles, do solemnly and sincerely in the presence of God, profess, testify and declare that I am a faithful Protestant. That I will according to the true intent of the enactments, which secure the Protestant succession to the throne, uphold and maintain the said enactments to the best of my powers according to law.

(singing) God of compassion and mercy, whose son was sent not to be served but to serve, give grace that I may find in my service perfect freedom. And in that freedom, knowledge of my truth. Grant that I may be a blessing to all my children of every faith and belief, that together, we may discover the ways of gentleness and be led into the paths of peace. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, amen.


Speaker 3 (01:02:54):

Let us pray. Lord enthroned in heavenly splendor, look with favor upon thy servant, Charles our king, and bestow upon him such gifts of wisdom and love that we and all thy people may live in peace and prosperity and in loving service one to another. To thine eternal glory, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit reigneth supreme over all things, one God now and forever. Amen.

Congregation (01:03:25):


Rishi Sunak (01:03:41):

A reading from the epistle to the Colossians. For this cause, we also since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness, giving thanks unto the Father, which have made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light, who hath delivered us from the power of darkness and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear son in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.

Who is the image of the invisible God, the first born of every creature. For by Him were all things created that are in heaven and that are in Earth, visible and invisible. Whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities or powers, all things were created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things. And by Him all things consist. This is the word of the Lord, thanks be to God.

Congregation (01:05:42):

Thanks be to God.


Speaker 7 (01:07:39):

The Lord be with you.

Congregation (01:07:40):

[inaudible 01:07:43].

Speaker 7 (01:07:44):

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

Congregation (01:07:47):

[inaudible 01:07:50]

Speaker 7 (01:07:52):

Jesus came to Nazareth where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into

Speaker 8 (01:08:00):

… the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up for to read and there was delivered under him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he’d opened the book, he found the place where it was written, “The spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” And he closed the book and gave it again to the minister and sat down, and the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him and he began to say unto them, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.” This is the gospel of the Lord.

Crowd (01:09:06):

[inaudible 01:09:09].

Choir (01:09:06):


Speaker 3 (01:11:54):

Come, Holy spirit and fill our hearts with the flame of your love. Amen. We are here to crown a king, and we crown a king to serve. What is given today is for the gain of all, for Jesus Christ announced a kingdom in which the poor and oppressed are freed from the chains of injustice. The blind see, the bruised and broken-hearted are healed. That kingdom sets the aims of all righteous government, all authority, and the kingdom also sets the means of all government and authority. For Jesus doesn’t grasp power or hold on to status. The King of kings, Jesus Christ was anointed not to be served but to serve.

He creates the unchangeable law of good authority, that with the privilege of power comes the duty to serve. Service is love in action. We see active love in our care for the most vulnerable, the way we nurture and encourage the young in the conservation of the natural world. We have seen those priorities in the life of duty lived by our king. Today, we have the honor of being in this abbey with so many who show such love. You work with charities and organizations, you build community, you serve the nation in armed forces, in emergency services and so many other ways. Next door are 400 or more extraordinary young people in St. Margaret’s Church whose lives speak of service.

Around the world in realms and commonwealth are so many more. You live your lives for the sake of others. The unity you show, the example you give is what binds us together and offers societies that are strong, joyful, happy, and glorious. They bear heavy weights for us. And the weight of the task given today, your majesties, is only bearable by the spirit of God who gives us the strength to give our lives to others. With the anointing of the Holy Spirit, the king is given freely what no ruler can ever attain through will or politics or war or tyranny.

The Holy Spirit draws us to love in action. This is promised by Jesus who put aside all privilege, because as the first reading tells us, God will give all things for our sake, even his own life. His throne was a cross, his crown was made of thorns, his regalia were the wounds that pierced his body. Each of us is called by God to serve. Whatever that looks like in our own lives, each of us can choose God’s way today. We can say to the King of kings, God himself, as does the king here today, “Give grace, that in thy service I may find perfect freedom.” In that prayer there is promise beyond measure, joy beyond dreams, hope that endures. By that prayer, for every king, every ruler, and yes for every person, for all of us, we are opened to the transforming love of God. Amen.

Choir (01:17:33):


Speaker 3 (01:20:46):

Blessed art thou, sovereign God upholding with thy grace, all who are called to thy service. The prophets of owed anointed priests and kings to serve in thy name and in the fullness of time, thine only Son was anointed by the Holy Spirit to be the Christ, the savior and servant of all. By the power of the same Spirit, grant that this holy oil may be for thy servant Charles, a sign of joy and gladness, that as king he may know the abundance of thy grace and the power of thy mercy and that we may be made a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for thine own possession. Blessed be God, our strength and our salvation, now and forever. Amen.

Choir (01:21:41):


Speaker 3 (01:28:07):

Receive these spurs, symbols of military honor and chivalry, that you may be a brave advocate for those in need.

Choir (01:28:16):


Speaker 3 (01:29:20):

Hear our Prayers, O Lord we beseech you. And so direct and support thy servant, King Charles, that he may not bear the sword in vain, but may use it as the minister of God to resist evil and defend the good. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Receive this kingly sword. May be to you and to all who witnessed these things, a sign and symbol, not of judgment, but of justice, not of might, but of mercy.

With his sword, do justice. Stop the growth of inequity. Protect the holy church of God and all people of goodwill. Help and defend widows and orphans. Restore the things that have gone to decay. Maintain the things that are restored. Punish and reform what is amiss and confirm what is in good order. That doing these things, you may be glorious in all virtue and so faithfully serve our Lord Jesus Christ in this, that you may reign forever with him in the life which is to come. Amen. Receive the bracelets of sincerity and wisdom, token of the Lord’s protection embracing you on every side. Receive this robe. May the Lord clothe you with the robe of righteousness and with the garments of salvation. Receive this all, set under the cross, and remember always that the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdom of our God and of his Christ. Receive this ring, symbol of kingly dignity, and a sign of the covenant sworn this day between God and king, king and people. Receive this glove that you may hold authority with gentleness and grace, trusting not in your own power, but in the mercy of God. Receive the royal scepter, the ensign of kingly power and justice, and the rod of equity and mercy, a symbol of covenant and peace. May the Spirit of the Lord who anointed Jesus at his baptism so anoint you this day, that you might exercise authority with wisdom and direct your councils with grace, that by your service and ministry to all your people, justice and mercy may be seen in all the earth. King of kings and Lord of lords, bless we us each thee, this crown and so sanctified thy servant Charles, upon whose head this day, thou does place it for a sign of royal majesty. That he may be crowned with thy gracious favor and filled with abundant grace and all princely virtues, through him who liveth and reigneth supreme over all things. One God. World without end. Amen.

Crowd (01:39:05):


Speaker 3 (01:39:05):

God save the king.

Crowd (01:39:05):

God save the king.

Speaker 10 (01:42:19):

The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you and give you his peace.

Speaker 11 (01:42:40):

The Lord protect you in all your ways and prosper all your work in His name.

Speaker 12 (01:42:49):

The Lord give you hope and happiness that you may inspire all your people in the imitation of His unchanging love.

Speaker 13 (01:43:02):

The Lord grant that wisdom and knowledge be the stability of your times and the fear of the Lord, your treasure.

Speaker 14 (01:43:15):

May God pour upon you the riches of his grace, bless you, and keep you in his holy fear, prepare you for a happy eternity and receive you at the last into immortal glory.

Speaker 3 (01:43:34):

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be with you and remain with you always. Amen.

Speaker X (01:43:42):



Speaker 3 (01:46:32):

Stand firm and hold fast from henceforth this seat of royal dignity, which is yours by the authority of Almighty God. May that same God, who’s thrown endures forever, establish your throne in righteousness that it may stand fast forevermore more. I, Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury, will be faithful and true. And faith and truth I will bear unto you, our sovereign Lord, defender of the faith, and unto your heirs and successors according to law. So help me God.

Speaker 9 (01:48:13):

I, William, Prince of Wales, pledge my loyalty to you and faith and truth I will bear unto you, as your liege man of life and limb. So help me God.

Speaker 3 (01:48:51):

I now invite those who wish to offer their support to do so with a moment of private reflection by joining in saying God save King Charles at the end, or for those with the words before them, to recite them in full.

Speaker X (01:49:12):

I swear that I will pay true allegiance to your majesty and your heirs and successors according to law. So help me God.

Speaker 3 (01:49:22):

God save the King.

Speaker X (01:49:22):

God save Kind Charles. Long live King Charles. May the King live forever.


Speaker 3 (01:52:16):

Receive this ring, a symbol of royal dignity and a sign of the covenant sworn this day. May thy servant Camilla, who wears this crown, be filled by thine abundant grace and with all princely virtues. Reign in her heart a king of love, that being certain of thy protection, she may be crowned with thy gracious favor through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Speaker X (01:53:28):


Speaker 3 (01:53:43):

Receive the royal scepter, receive the rod of equity and mercy. May the spirit guide you in wisdom and grace, that, by your service and ministry, justice and mercy may be seen in all the earth.

Speaker X (01:54:05):


Speaker 3 (01:54:26):

The Lord be with you.

Speaker X (01:54:27):

And with thy spirit.

Speaker 3 (01:54:28):

Lift up your hearts.

Speaker X (01:54:28):

We lift them up unto the Lord.

Speaker 3 (01:54:28):

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

Speaker X (01:54:28):

It is meet and right so to do.

Speaker 3 (02:02:30):

It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks unto thee. O Lord, holy Father, almighty, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ thine only Son our Lord, who has at this time consecrated thy servant Charles to be our king. That by the anointing of thy grace, he may be the defender of thy faith and the protector of thy people. That with him, we may learn the ways of service, compassion, and love. And that the good words that thou has begun in him this day may be brought to completion in the day of Jesus Christ. Therefore, with angels and dark angels and with all the company of heaven, we Lord and magnify thy glorious name evermore praising thee and saying.

Speaker X (02:03:30):


Speaker 3 (02:05:39):

All glory be to thee Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who of thy tender mercy didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who made there, by his one oblation of himself once offered, a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that his precious death until his coming again.

Hear us, O merciful Father, we most humbly beseech thee, and grant that by the power of thy Holy Spirit, we receiving these creatures of bread and wine, according to thy Son our savior Jesus Christ’s holy institution, in remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers of his most blessed body and blood. Who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks to thee, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: ” Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Likewise after supper he took the cup; and when he had given thanks to thee, he gave it to them saying, “Drink ye all of this; for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many, for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as oft as ye shall drink it in remembrance of me.”

Wherefore, O Lord and heavenly Father, we thy humble servants, having in remembrance the precious death and passion of thy dear Son, his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension entirely desire thy fatherly goodness mercifully to accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; most humbly beseeching thee to grant that by the merits and death of thy Son Jesus Christ, and through faith in his blood, we and all thy whole Church may obtain remission of our sins, and all other benefits of his passion. And although we be unworthy through our manifold sins to offer unto thee any sacrifice, yet we beseech thee to accept this our bounden duty and service, not weighing our merits but pardoning our offences, and to grant that all we who are partakers of this holy communion may be fulfilled with thy grace and heavenly benediction through Jesus Christ, our Lord, by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory be unto thee, O Father almighty, world without end. Amen.

Speaker X (02:09:13):


Speaker 3 (02:09:14):

Each in our own preferred language, let us pray with confidence that our savior has taught us.

Speaker X (02:09:32):

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.


Speaker 3 (02:13:57):

Let us pray. O Almighty Lord, and everlasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to direct, sanctify, and govern, both our hearts and bodies, in the ways of thy laws, and in the works of thy commandments; that through thy most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Speaker X (02:14:33):


Speaker 3 (02:14:44):

Our help is in the name of the Lord.

Speaker X (02:14:46):

Who hath made heaven and earth.

Speaker 3 (02:14:51):

Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

Speaker X (02:14:51):

Now and henceforth, world without end.

Speaker 3 (02:14:58):

Christ our King, make you faithful and strong to do his will, that you may reign with him in glory; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, rest upon you, and all whom you serve, this day, and all your days. Amen.

Speaker X (02:15:20):


Speaker 15 (02:16:00):


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